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    1  The Mariner - Issue 158 2016

      Issue #158

      April 2016

    Mar i n e rA P u b l i c a t i o n F o r W h e r e L a n d E n d s

    w w w . m a r i n e r m a g a z i n e . c o m

    A M a g a z i n e F o r T h e M a r i n a d e l R e y B o a t i n g C o m m u n i t y


    Photos From Opening Day

    Boating Community Speaks Up

    Teak Maintenance

    Night Boating

    Tons More!

    The Season IsOfcially


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    2  The Mariner - Issue 158 2016

    Every month I drop a stack of  Mariners at the Sherrif ’s station on Fiji Way overlooking the main channel

    I always see the little jail that exists there and occasionally I’ve seen a couple of dudes in orange jump

    suits. It strikes me funny that there’s this tiny little jail in our little town. I don’t really know anything

    about it; how does one end up “doing time” there. If there’s a window, it doesn’t sound that bad.

    My greatest fear about prison or jail are the social aspects, if you know what I mean. So, remove that

    nightmare and locate the jail in my town, I almost want to get thrown in there. If they allow an internet

    connection, I’m pretty sure I could publish The Mariner out of that place. I’d wear the orange get-up and

    type away all day in peace.

    Every once in a while a drunk person would get tossed in there and have to spend a weekend—boom,

    free copy-editor. I’m sure I’d make friends with the sheriffs. I already know Deputy Dave who runs the

    Challenges Foundation. He’d be nice to me—maybe extend my “lights-out” around deadline time. I

    sounds fantastic.

    I would lift weights, read, practice my jump shot, maybe nally learn another language. I might form

    a gang of just me and if the other person wanted to join I would let him. I would stage an escape and then

    come back before they knew I was gone. I’m not sure why I would do that, but it’s denitely part of myplan. I would also earn my GED and get a bad tattoo.

    I need to nd out how to get sentenced to that little jail. No rent, no bills and a sweet waterside ofce?

    I’m in. If it so happens I politely carjack you or take someone you know hostage—please know that it’s

    only because I’m looking to get booked into what I imagine is the greatest little jail in the world—a full

    rehabilitation is imminent!

    The Mariner isEditor/Publisher

    Pat Reynolds


    Richard Schaefer

    Dave Kirby

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    [email protected]

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    Marina del Rey, CA 90295

    The Mariner appears on the lastFriday of every month.

    This issue

    March 25 - April 29


    Numbersat a glance:

    Marina del Rey



    Los Angeles County



     Vessel Assist:


    Marine Life Rescue





    Thanks for

     picking it up!

    Cover photo: Kim by Pat Reynolds 

    Photo by Pat Reynolds

    Coming Events 4

    Off the Wire 6

    Opening Day! 8Story and Pics of the Opening Day Ceremonies

     A Community Gathers 10Boaters Line Up to Weigh In on Issues at Small Craft Harbor Meeting

    In the Dark 12Tips for Night Boating

     According to DaveMonthly Fishing Report by Captain Dave Kirby 17

    The Trouble With Teak 18Managing Teak Maintenance by Richard Schaefer

    Local Adventures 20Pacific Marainer’s Yacht Club’s Guadalupe Island Race

    Racing - Newport to Ensenada 22

    Tip of the Month - Towing a Dinghy 24

    Classified Section 25

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    34 Silverton 2006, convertible, low hoursfully equipped $135,000 offer

    58’ Chris Craft 1963 Aluminum Roamer , 3cabin custon restored interior $96,000

    33’ Sea Ray 1995 low hours, A/C, $33,500

    41 Hunter 410, 2002 low hours, 2 spacious staterooms, very clean, great live aboard orcruiser, electric sheet and halyard winch, $116,000

    37’ Fisher Pilothouse 1975 bluewater ketchupgraded 1991 new engine $75,000 TRADE

    65’ McKinna 2002 pilot house, Exceptional 800 hp Cat 3406’s, stabilizers, bow thruster,satellite TV, computerized entertainment center, dual helms 3 cabins, low hours $699,000

    41 Princess 1984 twin diesels 2 stateroomsand heads very clean $69,000

    43 Silverton 2008 Sportbridge Volvo IPS diesels 200 hours 2 cabins. Very clean. Almostnew condition boat for less than one half the new price! $299,000

    48 Californian 1987 Cockpit My, Cat Diesels double cabin $159,000

    46 Hunter 2001 fast cruiser, loaded and very clean asking $169,900 motivated45’ Hunter 2002 center cockpit aft cabin recent extensive cruising inventory, $193,000 

    44 Trojan Express, Twin diesels, very comfortable, 3 staterooms, large cockpit. $125,000

    44’ Hunter Deck Saloon, 2008, recent extensively equipped to cruise to Hawaii, changedplans now ready for the new owner. $169,000.

    53’ Carver Voyager 2000 Low hours , professionally maintained , new wood oors, veryclean $320,000 offer

    47’ Lien Hwa Mtr Yacht 1995, loaded, justsurveyed/ bottom painted May 15 $119,000

     45 Sea ray Sundancer 1997 twin dieselsconsider trade in power / sail $129,000

    32’ Monterey Express Cruiser Comfycruiser. Very clean. $37,500

    32’ PDQ Catamaran ‘2000 Spaciousinterior, $119,000 slip available sub to

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    of the ‘Top 3 Bands on the Westside’ by The

    Argonaut two years in a row. They are a “boater

    friendly band” and will take all your Jimmy

    Buffett requests! Happy Hour 4:00 -7:00 p.m.

    4499 Admiralty Way Marina Del Rey

    Santa Monica

    Windjammers Yacht Club

    We invite members, guests, and prospective

    members to join us for cocktails, food, live

    music, dancing and fun on Sunday afternoonsfrom 4:00 to 7:00 (food served at 5:00). No

    reservations needed. This is a great way to end

    your day on the water, or just to wind down

    from the weekend. Live jazz or classic rock

    bands are here for entertainment. We are located

    at 13589 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey, CA

    90292, (310) 827-7692. Please visit our website

    at for activities, membership

    details, racing, events, directions, and more.

    Women’s Sailing Association of

    Santa Monica Bay

    Meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the

    Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club, 13589

    Mindanao Way, in Marina del Rey. The meeting,

    held at 7:30, is preceded by a social hour, and

    a light dinner is served. Each meeting features

    a guest speaker discussing their adventures

    and achievements. WSA invites boaters of all

    skill levels to join. Its programs, include day

    sails, seminars, parties, and cruises including

    destinations such as King Harbor, Catalina and

    the northern Channel Islands, For membership

    information contact email membership@ or on the web at

    Marina Sunday Sailing Club

     Since 1981 MSSC has brought together skippers

    and crew in a friendly social environment for

    daysails in Santa Monica Bay and cruises

    to Catalina and other destinations. We meet

    onthe2ndand4thSundayofeachmonthon the

    patio at Burton Chace park under the Club

    banner. Meetings start at 10:00 a.m. We hold

    a brief business meeting and then head out for

    an afternoon of sailing on the Bay after which

    we gather at a member’s dock for wine, snacks

    and more socializing. Visitors are welcome

    and a one day guest membership of only $10

    entitles you to brunch and a day of sailing, ifspace is available. No prior sailing experience

    is necessary. For more info call (310) 226-8000

    or see website at

    Catalinas of Santa Monica Bay

    Owners of Catalina yachts join us for our

    monthly meetings at the Santa Monica

    Windjammers Yacht Club. The meetings have

    been changed to the 4th Tuesday of each month.

    We would like to welcome Catalina owners

    to join our club. We have speakers, cruises to

    Catalina, races and other events throughout he

    year. Our doors open at 6:00 for happy hour and

    then dinner around 7 to 7:30 and our main event

    after that. Join the fun and meet other owners of

    Catalinas. For more info email Jeanne Cronin at

     [email protected]

    Single Mariners of Marina del Rey

    Attention sailors and singles. Single Mariners

    of Marina del Rey invites you for a dinner

    and a sail. Join us twice a month for a meet

    and greet social hour followed by dinner and a

    meeting. The goal of the club is to meet new

    people that have an interest in sailing or want

    to learn about ocean going sailing. We are a

    FUN social club built around weekend sailing

    on the bay. We match skippers with crew for

    a fun day of sailing. We meet on the rst and

    third Thursdays of each month with a day-sail

    the following weekend weather and skippers

    permitting. The meetings are held inside Pacic

    Mariners Yacht Club. There is a $7.00 charge to

    attend. PMYC is located at 13915 Panay Way,

    Marina Del Rey. For additional information

    contact Single Mariners Commodore, Alan

    Rock at [email protected], (310) 721-2825

    or visit the website

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    6  The Mariner - Issue 158 2016

    O F F T H E W I R E

    Man Dies at CountyLaunch Ramp

    Regency Boats & MotorsChanges Location

    A Monster Among Us:Dog Found Killed on

    Mother’s Beach

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    According to the Channel 4 news and the

    Palm Desrt Patch an accident at Dock 77

    at 13650 Mindanao Way in Marina del Rey

    ended in fatality after 64-year-old Romulo

    Perez of Los Angeles, was backing up a 1999

    Ford Expedition to a boat trailer when things

    went terribly wrong. Perez reversed in what

    authorties are calling an “unsafe speed” and ran

    over Antonio Jalog Smith, 41, of Corona.

    Smith, according to Assistant Los Angeles

    County Coroner Chief Ed Winter, was killed

    about 3:20 p.m. Saturday at the yard.

    After hitting the man, the SUV continued going

    backward and struck a Hyundai Genesis anda Dodge Charger, the CHP reported.

    Anyone who witnessed what happened was

    urged to call the investigating ofcer at the

    CHP’s West Los Angeles Ofce at (310) 642-

    3939 during regular business hours.

    This past month a couple of outrigger canoe

    paddlers discovered a a dead dog attached to

    a shovel on Mother’s Beach in what appears to

    be a deliberate and dispicable act of cruelty.

    It’s surmised that someone stuck the shove

    deep into the ground with the helpless dog

    bound at the collor and when the tide rose, the

    animal drowned.

    Surpisingly the dog had ID tags so an

    investigation should yield some sort of

    information for this heinous criminal act.

    The story is particularly disturbing for resident

    and users of Marina del Rey who are shocked

    that there could be a person so cold-blooded and

    off-the-charts cruel walking around the area.

    Anyone with information on the incident should

    call the Sheriff’s Department at (310) 482-6000

    Slutske said.

    As Marina del Rey get further into its

    redevelopment local boaters are beginning to

    see the reality and consequences of it all. The

    latest change on the landscape is the moving of

    Regency Boats and Motors from their address

    on Beach Ave that they have occupied for a

    decade or more.

    It’s a long story but Regency, who many boaters

    rely on for outdrive and outboard motor repair,

    found their situation suddenly up in the air and

    scufing for a new location.

    They are now not too far away at 922 W. Hyde

    Park Blvd in Inglewood. It’s sad, for the time

    being, they are not in the Marina, but Dan the

    owner stresses they will still be making pickups

    and deliveries in the neighborhood every day

    and that they are every bit as connected as

    they’ve always been.

    The good news is Regency, that’s been around

    for decades, is still serving the community as

    they always have.

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    2016 The Mariner - Issue 158 7

    O F F T H E W I R E

    Ocean Conservation Society Celebrates SeaWorld’s DecisionRegarding Killer Whale Captivity

     Local Marina del Rey Marine Biologist Dr.

     Maddalena Bearzi, who conducts her marine mammal

    studies in the Santa Monica Bay, is deeply invested

    and concerned with the issue of wild animals being

    held in captivity for the purposes of public showing

    and entertainment. She recognizes the argument

    organizations like SeaWorld make about the benets

    of public awareness, but ultimately feels strongly that

    in practice the animal’s suffering is not worth any


    “I think it’s important for people living near the oceans to know that these

    animals should not be kept in captivity,” she recently told The Mariner.

     Here is an excerpt from a story she wrote for National Geographic that

    outlines her perspective:

    There is light at the end of the tunnel. As Tilikum, the captive killer whale

    at the focus of the documentary Blacksh, is approaching death from an

    untreatable drug-resistant lung infection, SeaWorld just announced it will

    end all orca breeding.

    No more orcas will be kept in any of their new parks around the world.

    The remaining captive killer whales will be the last generation enclosed in

    the tanks of SeaWorld facilities.

    The entertainment enterprise is also phasing out its

    killer whale theatrical shows at its three U.S. theme

    parks in favor of other types of exhibits emphasizing

    these animals’ natural behavior. As the cherry on

    top, SeaWorld let the public know about “a new

    partnership with the Humane Society of the United

    States to protect our oceans and the animals that cal

    them home”. The company stated that is “committing

    to educating its more than 20 million annual visitors on

    animal welfare and conservation issues through interpretative programs a

    the parks and expanded advocacy for wild whales, seals, and other marine


    This is not just good news; it’s a great step in the right direction for these

    complex, cognitive and wide-ranging wild animals that should have neve

    been kept imprisoned in the rst place. It is also a terric example of how

    public pressure can induce real change when we truly care about an issue

    This is something we all need to remember: we do have the power to

    change things if we decide to use it.

    To read the rest of the story go to http://voices.nationalgeographic


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    8  The Mariner - Issue 158 2016

    he 2016 yachting season is ofcially open. Some of you

    might know this because canons were exploding all over

    the marina one particular weekend. There were also

    hundreds of men and women walking around clad in blue

    blazers, white pants and white shoes—dead giveaway.

    On the one hand, the Opening Day ceremonies can be a somewhat tedious

    exercise in redundancy—even those who love it most might reluctantly

    admit that. Last year visiting politician Steve Napolitano, Senior Deputy

    to Supervisor Knabe, summed it up when he took the podium and said

    grinning: “This the only event I’ve ever been to where the entire audience

    get’s introduced.”

    It’s true—ofcers from visiting yacht clubs from all the surrounding

    harbors descend, local dignitaries and ofcials show up and all of the

    local yacht club’s hierarchy stand together and introduce/recognize one

    another for two full days at six different events. And yes, that element

    can be tedious and boring, but it can also be endearing. The enduring of

    tradition and ceremony is laced with a certain beauty—an insistence that

    some conventions must remain without the burden of what is modern.

    And it would be unfair to describe Opening Day as a bunch of blue blazers

    introducing themselves all weekend long—of course, it isn’t. Historically,

    it’s a tradition originated on the East Coast where all that is boating shuts

    down through the cold of winter but is revived by the soulful and absent

    warmth that spring returns. Perhaps here on the West Coast, it doesn’t

    carry quite the same gravity that comes with a real winter’s suffering,

    but the sentiments prevail—community, a shared love of the water and

    a respect for local and personal history.

    Each club hosts the same invited guests. They feed and entertain them for

    about an hour and change, then it’s onto the next club. While everyone

    sits outside in plastic folding chairs, the club representatives speak of who

    they are as a collective, what they have done for the past year and what

    the future holds. They give awards to one another—some meaningful and

    some silly. They poke fun at each other and they honor their dead. There

    is much saluting and public reverence for country and all branches of

    U.S. military.


    This year the South Coast Corinthian YC, Marina del Rey’s oldest yacht

    club, acknowledged it would be the last time an Opening Day ceremony

    would take place in their long-standing quaint little clubhouse. While

    Commodore Kelly Cantley-Kashima spoke optimistically about their

    future and how they have been looked out for by L.A. County and

    incoming leaseholders, it was a hard reminder that Marina del Rey is

    being redone and change has arrived.

    Del Rey Yacht Club and the California Yacht Club are the most established

    and stand on rm ground going forward. The Santa Monica Windjammer

    YC have updated their survival status in years past but didn’t speak of

    it this time around. This time, they spoke of their blossoming junior

    sailing program and successful community outreach efforts. They occupy

    a big building in an incredible area of Marina del Rey overlooking the

    main channel next to Burton Chace Park. Over the past year the county

    run slips outside their door have undergone a full renovation and thei

    Commodore spoke hopefully about someday occupying them with

    member-owned boats.

    On the other side of the marina, the Pacic Mariners Yacht Club, who

    have also been vulnerable during the process of redevelopment, appea

    very vital. Membership is up and word has it that they may well be in

    good shape as far as a maintaining a lasting waterside residence. PMYC

    has a reputation as a club that likes to tip back a cocktail and cut a rug

    It’s probably true, but they also have a tight knit engaged membership

    that keeps things energized. Commodore Kent Anderson in many ways

    embodies the overall attitude of the club’s citizenry - an informal, wry, ye

    traditional style. Most Commodore’s present their wives with a bouquet

    of owers—Anderson handed his wife Kia a plant and said in his heavy

    Swedish accent, “here, at least this will grow.” Then he gave her a bottle

    of wine.

    The last of the six clubs, Marina Venice Yacht Club, are admittedly

    struggling to survive. They formally operated out of the City Club on

    Admiralty Way in Marina del Rey but are now quasi-homeless, essentially

    camping at Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club. They put on a casua

    but charming presentation that radiated humility, aspiration and most of

    all hope. Membership numbers are low but expectations are high as they

    work to return to their former glory.

    Now the blazers and lapel pins are back in the closet. The canons are

    stored and the festive ags have been put away. Another Opening Day is

    in the can, but rest assured this time next year, it will all happen again…

    exactly the same way.



    The Marina del Rey YachtingSeason is Ofcally Open!

    Photos Pat Reynolds

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    Upper left; A group of staff commodores from the Del Rey Yacht Club go over some last minute logistics. Upper right; Long time and veryactive Del Rey Yacht Club member Eddie Hollister manning the canon. Middle left; Santa Monica Windjammers Yacht Club’s “Breezeway Boys”dressed as USC cheerleaders paying homage and poking fun at this year’s Commodore. Middle right; South Coast Corinthian Commodore KellyCantley-Kashima addressing the crowd from their clubhouse for the last Opening Day before it gets torn down. Below left; Lieutenant JunioGrade James Matthew Hurtt commanding ofcer of Coast Guard Cutter HALIBUT, located in Marina del Rey, was in attendance representingthe local CG outpost. Below right; Marina Venice Yacht Club Commodore Gisele Ozeri adding some spice to the customary blue blazer style.

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    n last month’s  Mariner, we promoted

    a special night meeting of the Small

    Craft Harbor Commission that was held

    specically to put the immediate and

    future needs of boaters on the record. The

    ample sized faction of the community

    turned out to speak their allotted three

    minutes at the podium and let the political

    powers know where they stood. All of the

    speakers had an agenda to raise and protect but

    the meeting was, overall, civil and productive.

    Below are a handful of cherry-picked comments

    made that evening [ed note; there has been

    minor editing for space and clarity]:

    Steve Curran – Owner Marina del Rey Yacht

    Sales – Broker in MdR since 1969

    I spoke to this organization last year about

    the state of the boat industry and my concern

    remains the same. Since that time I’ve met with

    Staff and my landlord multiple times—despite

    this I believe I’m closer to losing my place ofbusiness and have made no progress towards

    a suitable alternative.

    It has happened to the extent that the boating

    community is being forced out—it has gone too

    far. In the end, unless this decline is stopped,

    it will hurt all aspects of this community. Ten

    marine businesses have closed over the past few

    years—more often, due to suitable space. Where

    has the space gone? The Holiday Harbor/Ships

    Store building remains closed—all but one of

    the businesses that were there have closed—one

    remains. The property now remains condemned

    and allegedly irreparable. Some of the property

    including that located at the boatyard and on the

    corner of Bali and Admiralty Way, is or will be

    used by county staff. My business may easily

    become the next casualty. Marina del Rey Yacht

    Sales currently has 20 slips and 10 dry storage

    —we’re being asked to move to Fisherman’s

    Village behind a gate with no display at all. How

    do you sell a boat without showing it, without

    touching it, without sailing it? How long will

    my business exist without the ability to display

    its products. Also, how important is selling boats

    in this community? Boating usually starts with

    the purchase of a boat. Boating and boats are the

    cornerstone of this community. It is the catalyst

    that makes Marina del Rey so special and it

    must be adequately nurtured and preserved in

    Marina del Rey today.

    Elliot Zimmerman – Owner Bluewater

    Sailing – ASA Certied Sailing School

    There’s lots of competition for this space on

    the water and on the land and as Mr. Curran

    mentioned lots of pressure for us small

    businesses. We’re employers and we bring

    people into the marina from all over California

    —my business brings people in from 38 different

    states, as well as Europe, South America and

    Asia to learn how to sail. As a small business

    beyond facing the pressures of the facility itself,

    we also face a lot of pressure from other entities

    that want to operate in the Marina. There’s an

    incredible amount of competition. And in fac

    Marina del Rey has a depressed price for all of

    our services compared to places like Newpor

    Beach, San Francisco and other areas around

    the country that provide these types of services

    because there are so many options. We have

    individuals who can put a Yelp page out there

    and offer services that are essentially illega

    because they are operating either out of lessee

    spots that are not permitted by the Departmen

    of Beaches and Harbors or they go to Burton

    Chace Park where they pick up or drop off [as

    a] commercial charter. This is what we face on

    a regular basis. We know we’re not allowed to

    touch those docks, but we’re constantly seeing

    people coming and going off those docks

    People who are out there using these services

    —99 bucks for two-hours—it’s creating an

    over-capacity for these types of services. And

    since they’re not participating in the Beaches

    and Harbors permitting process, it makes i

    more and more difcult to do what we do well.

    Nancy Marino – We Are Marina del Rey

    We need some protocols for human powered

    craft—kayaks and SUPs. We would like thi

    commission, in fact, to draw up some guidelines

    some rules. There are rules of the road for

    other boats, but kayaks and paddleboarders

    really have run amuck. [Things like] keep to

    the edges of the harbor, fuel dock is not a res

    stop, awareness of the physics of sailboats and

    motorboats, which can’t turn on a dime or stop


    A Community Gathers

    Members of the boating community attend a special night meeting to let ofcials know what they’re thinking

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    2016  The Mariner - Issue 158 11

    instantly and help the renters get back to where

    they rented their craft. We want to maintain

    existing boating resources—no additional

    private use of water areas. On the land we want

    all remaining boating use parcels to be used

    for boating use only and not transformed into

    mixed use where boating is on the side or in

    little pieces or upstairs…We need boating to

    be active and be in the forefront for everyone

    who comes into the marina whether or not theyare boaters.

    Other comments brought forth that were of

    interest had to do with the county making

    information more easily accessible perhaps

    through the development of an app or at the

    very least a website that dealt specically with

    boating issues rather than attempting to navigate

    through the current very dense department of

    Beaches and Harbors site. The same woman

    who made this comment [Helen Hurly?] also

    questioned the idea of erecting a watersideTrader Joes saying: “I love Trader Joes but

    couldn’t it go on Washington instead and save

    that precious land for boating opportunities?”

    At the end of the meeting Commisioner

    Lesser asked what next. He said the heard

    some interesting ideas during the evening

    and also some points that he wanted answers

    for. For instance, one speaker asserted that by

    the letter of the law sea-planes and othervehicles including SUPs are in fact illegal in

    Marina del Rey.

    “I’ve got a lot of questions about various

    subjects that came up tonight,” Lesser said.

    “For example, somebody said kayaks and SUPs

    and rowing is illegal.”

    Director of Beaches and harbors Gary Jones

    replied: “That is correct—the county code, at

    the moment, does not allow for those vesselsThat’s correct. Our response to that is we will be

    preparing an ordinance change for that.”

    Jones went on to suggest that the commission

    review the comments and prioritize which ideas

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     Nothing beats a cool evening on the water. But there are important considerations in heading out to sea at night. We talked with Bill Graves, a Division

    12 Qualications Examiner and operations expert, Coast Guard Auxiliary, Marina del Rey, about preparing for a night out at sea.

    Q: What are the rst things to consider prior to night boating?

    A: Remember, the night, like the sea itself, does deserve respect. Follow a few precautions, stick to areas you have traveled during the day, extend you

    limits gradually as you learn and you will be richly rewarded with a new boating experience.

    Precautions include a good knowledge of the area. A dark night is not a good time to “run into” new scenery! Stick with what you know. Also, no one

    should be on deck without a otation device WITH an attached strobe light. Jack lines and a safety strap can keep everyone on board. Even on a calm

    night, it can be very hard to nd a small face oating in the water. On a pitch black night with good swells running and no strobe light, a person falling

    overboard will likely die!

    Keep all the interior lights off and instrument lights low. This will help your night vision. You can’t avoid what you can’t see. Plan the trip at the dock

    while the light is good. Use your GPS, if you have one, to keep informed of your position and the way home. A chart is absolutely required so you know

    what is around you. Radar is nice to keep you on track and avoid others.

    Work up your knowledge a little at a time. Take your dinghy around the marina after dark. When you see boats and other lighted objects, try to picture

    them as they would look during the day. Which way is that boat going? Sail or power? Is that the breakwater light, obstruction, mooring area etc.?

    Q: Is knowledge of night navigation light combinations helpful?

    A:  Absolutely. During the day, when you see a boat, picture the running lights at night. Would you see red or green, white and red, white and green

     just white? What do these light combinations mean? Who has the right-of-way? (Hint: a red light seen on the other boat generally warns you to stop o

    give way). You can buy a plastic “crib sheet” at a marine store, which shows various colored light combinations. And, I would suggest taking a boating

    course from the Auxiliary.

    Choose your night trip carefully. Never enter a strange harbor after dark. For example, there are places on Catalina that have no lights but plenty of

    rocks! Also, the tanker mooring area off El Segundo is an incredibly bad place to be when it’s dark.

    Before you go at night, what kind of moon will there be? Is cloud cover going to make it darker? Adjust your trip to the conditions that you nd. You

    can always do another trip.

    A trip outside the marina to watch the sun go down can be very nice. Turn on your navigation lights, sip your coffee/tea (alcohol is denitely not a good

    idea at night) and head back to complete your rst night outing. “Red, right, returning” means the breakwater’s red light should be on your right side

    as you come home.

    At night stay alert (and situation-aware) by watching all the lights and identifying what they are. Is that red light a sail boat or a trafc light on the coast

    highway? And ohhhh, look at all those white things up in the sky!

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     As of March 1, the rocksh openerarrived and we all know that’s good

    news. Up and down the coast, anglersare getting their limits although it willvary depending on the species ofrocksh you target. If you’re up fora little traveling, Oxnard is a preferredspot for larger species of Red. I suggestgetting in the car and driving up thereand nding one of the great charterboats (with knowledgeable Captains)that are around to charter. The drive isworth the experience. As for preferredbait I’d say ask a local professionalwhat bait they’re typically using in thearea. Or Yo-yoing iron is a good option

    or use two large hook dropper loops.

    Besides rocksh, be aware there arenice lingcod, sheephead and yellowtailaround and the best way to locate themis a sh-nder. Another bit of goodnews is that spring is when the whiteseabass arrive in Southern Californiawaters. There’s plenty of choices!

    In Catalina, I’m hearing and seeingthat the bonita, yellowtail, bass androcksh are plentiful. Surface shing is just starting.

     As we get closer to summer, the watertemps will get warmer but wouldn’tit would be great if this was an earlyseason?

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    he trouble with teak is that it’s a lot of work, becoming a literal “energy sponge” and I’ll admit right out the gate that I derive

    little enjoyment from teak or work. So, for me, it’s bad karma - I mean boat’ma - from the very start. If God made boats, they

    would be all iberglass.

    Sadly, I can’t afford one of those new iberglass boats with Lexan or acrylic ports and hatches, stainless steel hand rails, and

    aluminum toe rails; and, not a trace of teak or any other “exotic” wood on the exterior of the boat. Fiberglass, aluminum and

    stainless steel are shear beauty to my eyes. Accent wood on the inside, ine, but no termite bait on the outside....pleeeeze.

    You see, I’ve always been a “low maintenance” kind’a guy. Now that I have drifted past 60, I’m thinkin’ more along the lines of “no maintenance”

    It even seems like nearly every woman I’ve known, over the years, has told me that I was a little too laid-back; perhaps lacking even a vestige

    of pep - much less gusto. But, that assessment probably had more to do with my generally disheveled appearance, remotely detached interest

    and borderline boat-rat aura, rather than my undernourished work ethic. But I digress...

    Unfortunately, (as you might have expected after having read the preceding paragraph) things have not worked out as I would have liked them

    to (do they ever?). One of my more minor disappointments is the fact that I own a not so new (actually downright old) Beneteau -built when

    yacht designers still felt compelled to oblige tradition and obsolescence with strips of wood scattered about on the outside of an otherwise

    perfectly good plastic boat.

    Now, if you’re like me, unfortunate enough to have wood trim, but too poor to pay someone to sweat over it, you will need to maintain it

    yourself. So let’s get this back breaking job over with as quickly and smoothly as possible so we can have time for a beer...or two.

    Wood, being organic matter, like us, drys out, cracks, rots, discolors, deteriorates, gets grungy and fades (wish I could have worked “wrinkles”

    in there). That being the grim reality of life and boat ownership, you are faced with two choices when it comes to teak; 1) Break your back to

    keep it looking bristol, and spend lots of money in the ultimately hopeless process. 2) Do the minimum job necessary to keep the boat looking

    barely presentable to the untrained eye, allowing more time for sailing and ruminating about boats, women and life.

    No need to guess to which group I belong, so let’s cover the bare minimum requirements and get this over with. I ind just writing about wood

    exhausting. Perhaps I should take a nap...but no, I will gather my strength and press onward, and face the soulless Golem of teak.

    First thing is to scrub and clean it. Generally, one part cleaners are cheaper, easier to use (music to my ears) and not as harsh on the teak. Before

    you begin, you may want to put on some gloves and perhaps even wear eye protection. My skin is like shoe leather (probably got that way

    from not wearing gloves) so not much bothers me. If possible don’t use a stiff bristle brush, but if you do, scrub at a 45-degree angle, across the


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    grain - never parallel with it. Personally, I use one of those green scrunges, with a mild cleaner and as little elbow-grease as possible. Be sure to

    wet the teak before you begin and rinse when you’re inished. Do the job in sections and remember to rinse before the teak dries, coated with

    nasty, crusty layer of cleaner and teak-dust; which will require you to expend additional energy and time removing. If you’re doing large areas

    of deck use a pole-brush, at a 45-degree angle, and rinse often. Probably smart to read the label since the products may vary and you don’t want

    to damage your boat or dissolve your deck-shoes and possibly your feet.

    Note: If your decks are really grungy you may want to use a two part cleaner and rinse often. Gloves and safety glasses are a must with these

    more caustic, two-part cleaner/strippers. If your ingernails blacken and fall off you’ll know that your 99-Cent Store gloves were inadequate.

    In cases of severely worn teak decks, with raised grain, it may be necessary to sand them. If you are not experienced in this sort of work youmay want to call in a professional, rather than have your decks take on the appearance of the surface of the moon. Also, keep in mind that the

    Harbor Patrol considers the sanding dust a pollutant and you may be cited it you don’t use a dust containment device. I wonder how they fee

    about the clouds of concrete dust rising from all the demolition and construction in the marina? Or, all the dust blowers and hose nozzles used

    by dozens of maintenance personnel, all over the marina, to blow or rinse leaves, oil drippings, pet urine and droppings into the marina? I

    wonder how many pounds of sea lion dung gets “released” into the marina every day? But I’d better not go there; some people ind reality

    offensive, or even threatening.

    If the teak areas you’re cleaning have caulking then, after everything dries, is a good time to inspect the caulking. If only small areas need to be

    re-caulked buy a tube of one of the single-part caulks and a caulking-gun. Be sure to clean out the teak seams with a special tool, called a “teak

    blade” or “reeing-hook”. If you’re just touching up small areas, then a slot-head screwdriver of the correct width, handled carefully, should do

    the job of cleaning out the seams. If the area to re-caulk is extensive a dremel tool with a small wire wheel or a grinding head may be used to

    clean the seams in more recalcitrant areas. However, if you get in a hurry, the head of the dremel may jump out of the seam/groove and damage

    the edges. Take your time.

    After the problem areas of calking have been removed, a stiff bristle paint brush and a small shop-vac should clean up the grooves nicely, before

    you re-caulk.

    Be sure to tape off the raised area of teak on either side of the seam before you apply the new caulk. Cut just the tip off the tube of caulk and

    try it. If the line of caulk is wispy than cut off a little more from the tip. Repeat the process until it feels right, and neatly ills the groove as you

    slowly move the caulking gun along. This may take a little practice to get it smooth. Keep a rag and solvent handy as you move along.

    When it comes to inishing decks, handrails, hatch-boards or other trim, the choices span from the traditionalist use of plain old salt water to

    “gray the teak”, to basic teak-oil, varnishes, polyurethanes and beyond, that include expensive, but far more durable, two-part sealers and two-

    part caulks. Read the labels on the products you’ve chosen, carefully. If you’re using a gloss or semi-gloss product buy a good brush, lightly sand

    with 360-400 grit paper between coats and wipe off the dust with paint thinner before applying the next coat. Never be in a hurry when you

    apply varnish, and never varnish decks.

    Personally, I use ive coats of varnish, lightly sanding between coats, on exterior trim and handholds, which are under cover, and let the rest age

    elegantly to gray...kinda like me.

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    hen it comes to races that venture into the waters of Mexico, the Newport to Ensenada grabs most of the headlines with the

    Cabo Race getting talked about as well. Del Rey Yacht Club’s Marina del Rey to Puerto Vallarta contest had some time in

    the sun back in the day, but what doesn’t get nearly enough attention is an event that is a true challenge—a beast of a trek

     – the Guadalupe Island Race out of Marina del Rey.

    Every two years the Pacic Single Handed Sailors Association hosts this short-handed 582 mile marathon to the shark

    infested waters of Guadalupe Island. It’s 300-mile excursion from the Santa Monica Bay downwind to the Island of Guadalupe in Mexico and then

    a brutal 300-mile upwind battle back to Catalina Island. The trip back is usually far more than 300 due to the amount of tacking involved.

    In a past race, accomplished solo sailor Jerome Sammarcelli sailed his 21-foot mini-transat boat around the course and spoke openly about how trying

    the event can be, particularly on the way back, which is a very long upwind beat:

    “On one tack you feel like you’re basically sailing away from Catalina and the other tack you’re heading back to Guadalupe Island,” Sammarcelli said

    of how disheartening the ride home can be. “At that point I just broke down—I felt like I was not going anywhere. It seemed like I would never make

    it back.”

    This year four boats went to sea—among them two die-hard solo sailors in the mix—Jamie Cantu in Can2 and Rod Percival sailing  Rubicon III

    Percival is always a favorite to win in races such as these. He embodies the spirit of the typical PSSA member—tough, smart, prepared and relentless

    The Guadalupe Island Race is probably the pride of the Pacic Single Handed Sailors Association, as low key as they are. The race is emblematic of

    what they quietly do within the local yachting scene—stage substantial challenging events that require true seamanship and preparation to accomplish

    Nearly all of their races contain some sort of trial embedded and require the sailor to be knowledgable and ready.

    Check out next month’s Mariner - we will try to squeeze a sea-story out of one of these particpants and get a back stage pass to a truly tough passage.


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    ere is the latest from the Newport to Ensenada folks who will once again be staging the iconic race on April 22 off the Balboa Pier in Newport

    at 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. This year they have taken a page out of the Border Run playbook and created three choices of courses. A 62-mile course

    from San Diego to Ensenada, a 172-mile long course where boats will sail around San Clemente Island and the standard 125 mile run from

    Newport to Ensenada.

    According to the latest report:

    “The 2016 N2E entries are off to a strong start. There are a lot of interesting boats and clubs in the mix. The most well known boat is probably Tax

     Dancer, an R/P68 rating - 84 out of Santa Barbara Yacht Club. The fastest boat entered so far is  Aszhou an R/P63 at -143. The slowest boat is  Bon

    Vivant , a Catalina 30 rated 192.

    “Notable for all the wrong reasons is Anarchy, a Melges 32 rated 6 (owner Scot Tempesta is the editor of the notorious PHRF i

    the largest group, promising some excellent class breaks and close racing. J120s and Fast50s are notable sub-classes.

    “The fastest ORCA multihull entered is Uni, a Seacart 30 trimaran. Dana Pont Yacht Club leads with the most entries. There are several clubs, like

    Pierpont Bay Yacht Club in Ventura, with only a single entry. There are three all female teams entered, but only one double hander.”

    Sounds like the brass at the N2E is not crazy about Mr. Tempesta and the “notorious” Sailing Anarchy. Otherwise, organizers are optimistic for a strong

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    Various Small Outboards

    4 HP Tohatsu 4-stroke long shaft $700

    6 HP Tohatsu 4-stroke long shaft $900

    6 HP Tohatsu 4-stroke short shaft $900

    6 HP Yamaha 4-stroke long shaft $1,200

    5 HP Mercury 4-stroke short shaft $800

    8 HP Johnson 2-stroke short shaft $800

    15 Mercury 2-stroke short shaft $1,200

    8 HP Johnson 2-stroke short shaft $800

    25 HP Suzuki 2-stroke long shaft $750


    6 HP Suzuki

    2 x 9,9 Yamaha high thrust remote 25”. 20 Johnson

    remote 20”. 40 Evinrude remote 20”. 50 Mercury re-

    mote 20”. 75 Mercury trim 20”. 125 Force trim remote.

    Price is right! Call 310 823-1105.

    Mercury 4 HP OB

    Only 5 hours. Long Shaft, external tank. Asking $900

    (new is $1400). 310-500-6216 - Ask for Jerome.

    Mercury 3.5 HP Long Shaft

    Only 4 hours - 2013. Cost $1200, asking $850

    310 710-9195

    LEHR 2.5HP Propane OB

    Like new, just serviced, short shaft. Asking $800 (new

    is over $1200). 310-500-6216 - Ask for Jerome.

    Other Stuff Winch

    Lewmar ST 2-speed 40 winch; like new - $475



    George Biddle’s Boatwright’s complete tool shop for

    sale, bandsaw, power planer to hand tools. Including;

    clamps, chisels, & basic tools. Kathy 310-486-2367

    Spinnaker for Catalina 38

    In very good condition $600 - 310-871-5260

    Reaching Strut for Catalina 38

    In very good condition $75 - 310-871-5260

    Tiller 5ft for Catalina 38

    In very good condition$50 - 310-871-5260

    Chart Plotter/Fish Finder 

    Lowrance HDS 8 GPS/WAAS Color Plotter. 8” Gen 2

    multi-function LED backlighted display. 10.5”W x 9” H

    x3.5” D. Includes power cable, bracket and transduc-

    er. $550 Bob 310 822-1425 or [email protected]

    Groco Marine Head

    Manual or electric operation, 12 volt, $1,558 at West

    Marine. Parts at

    $50. 310-453-1892.

    Paper Charts

    Cabo to Panama - $50

    50 charts. Like new. High quality reproductions. Great

    backup to GPS. 310-871-5260

    Big Boat Fenders

    Taylor-Made Big B, 10” x 26”, white, with 10’ x 9/16”

    lines, like new, 2 for $75. 310-378-5986


    5 ft. long it ts a Catalina 38 in excellent condition $25

    reaching strut for catalina 38 in excellent condition

    $40. 310 866 9439

    TV, Mounts, Chairs, Fender Holders

    Stainless dinghy mounts $100, four large stainless

    fender holders $75 ea. stainless/wood chairs, $25 ea.

    Samsung at screen $100 - all in xlnt condition. 310-



    Men’s 28 inch bike in like new condition. $120.

    Call 310-926-3299


    From 40 ft. Cal - $450 call 310-823-2040Sails

    Spinnaker,2 drifters and a genoa for sale from a 28’

    Lancer. Very good condition. Call 213 706 8364


    Fortress FX-23 Anchor $150 - 310-391-6174

    SailsHunter 460 UK vertical batten

    Selden in-mast main, like new: E=18’-8” P=48’-3”


    Hunter 460 UK

    Selden in-mast main, used 1 year: E=18’-8” P=48’-3”


    Hunter 460 UK Roller Furling tape


    125% Genoa, used 1 year: Luff= 52’-4” Foot= 20’


    Doyle 1.5 oz. Cruising Spinnaker 

    Fits our Hunter 460 $500.00

    Steve - 310-528-0717 - [email protected]

    Donate BoatsLooking for Boat Donation for 

    Marine Mammal Research

    The Ocean Conservation Society, that conducts

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    Power or sail, Yachts to dinghys 310-849-2930

    Donate Your Boat

    LA Area Council Boy Scouts of America need your

    boat or boat gear as donation to support essential

    and formative youth programs, please call 310-823-

    2040 or E-mail [email protected]

    Donate your boat

    To SOS, a non prot organization helping and thank-

    ing our past and present Veterans. Www.supportin- 888-658-8884Donate Your Boat

    Receive a substantial tax deduction. Support youth

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    Donate Your Boat

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